BASS LAKE, Calif. (CIRCA via KMPH) — Bass Lake looks like a postcard this winter.
There is snow on the ground-- with more falling. Creatures are everywhere.
And now, parts of the lake, are covered in a layer of ice.
It was enough to make locals stop and take pictures. Chris Johnson of Oakhurst says it reminded him of his time in Canada.
"You can't ice fish on it!" he says. "But the seasons actually make you feel alive."
Ben Dominguez and his family had actually planned to go to Yosemite, but they didn't carry tire chains. So they stopped to play in the snow at Bass Lake instead -- and threw rocks at the icy lake.
Dominguez admits, the lake looks a bit eerie.
"I was kinda freaked out a little bit, like the movies. People walk out, it starts cracking you start falling. I won't go out there!" he said.
"I don't think I've ever, in 30 years, seen the lake frozen like it is now," says Rhonda Salisbury, CEO of Visit Yosemite Madera County.
The visitor center in Oakhurst has seen more people stop for help, forced to change their plans because of the weather and road conditions.
"This is the winter packet we give guests when they come in," she says, pointing to flyers with numbers to call about road conditions and chain rentals.
Salisbury says this year has been busy, so far. In January of 2018, 409 visitors stopped by. Last month, 698 people stopped in. Salisbury says hotels are busy, too.
"They've been seeing an increase in business, mostly after the storms end. They're seeing people coming up, wanting to play in the snow," she says.
After all, this frozen fun will only last so long.
"I can tell you one thing: we're gonna have spectacular waterfalls in a couple of months when it starts getting nice and warm again," she says.